Countdown to the 2012 Future Awards: The Complete List of Shortlisted Nominees – D’banj, Ini Edo, Banky W, Toolz & Ugonna Omeruo Make the Cut

The countdown to the 7th edition of The Future Awards set to take place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State from Saturday 25th August 2012 – Sunday 26th August 2012, is officially on!

The Central Working Committee for The Future Awards has unveiled the shortlist of 5 individuals for each category for the award show. Speaking on the award, the executive director of The Future Project, Chude Jideonwo said “It’s as usual, been an intense 8 weeks. After the nominations, there was the process of administering nomination forms, where we also interviewed the nominees, secured references, conducted independent research and held random inspections of books, finances and more. We also got evidence of all the nominees’ ages and had a two-week period for any complaints from the public. Simultaneous with voting, the Board of Judges – 30 young media influencers from across the country – sat for a full day and produced the shortlist, which goes to the Independent Audit Committee. The names will then return to the Board of Judges who will choose the final winners.”

Speaking more on the shortlisted nominees, he said, “Sadly, many nominees did not fill their forms, perhaps assuming – despite emphasis to the contrary – that voting alone would progress them to the next stage. Many of those nominees, without publicly verifiable information, lost out when they got to the judges table. The awards insist on the highest standards of transparency and while the process can be tedious and time-consuming for the nominees, it is an ultimately rewarding exercise and crucial to choose the very best.”

Members of the Independent Audit Committee include TV host Mo Abudu, external relations director of the Nigeria LNG, Siene Alwell-Brown, politician Jimi Agbaje, Stanbic IBTC director Yemi Osindero, LEAP Africa founder Ndidi Nwuneli and many more.

All the finalists and winners of each category will be unveiled at The Future Awards 2012 this weekend. Chairman of Heirs Holdings and the Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu has been announced as the keynote speaker.

You can watch the award show live on Sunday 26th August 2012 by 2 PM on

The Full Shortlisted Nominees List
Best Use of Advocacy
Olumide Makanjuola (The Initiative for Equal Rights)
Adamma Umeofia (WeBuilt: Nigeria)
Chizoba Imoka Unveiling Africa Foundation)
Priscilla Usiobaifo (BraveHeart Initiative)
Babafemi Oyediran (Rural Enterprise Development Project)

Best Use of New Media
Japheth Omojuwa
EdiongsenyaneUmoh (NigeriaNewsDesk)

Creative Artist of the Year
Obi Somto (Photographer)
Bayo Omoboriowo (Photographer)
Imole Balogun (Photographer)
Remi Adegbite (Photographer)
Mohammed Abbagana (Painter)

Designer of the Year
Adebisi Anita (MsMakor)
Olorunyomi Omoniyi Makun (Yomi Casuals)
Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku (TojuFoyeh)
RukkyLadoja/Obi Obi/Tola Ayanwale (Grey)
Ugonna Omeruo (House of Nwocha)

Excellence in Service
Ohimai Amaize (Ministry of Sports)
Akin Rotimi (Ekiti State Government)
Banks Omisore (National Assembly)
John Gomiluk Otokwala (Securities and Exchange Commission)
Hadiza Abdullahi (MDG Office, The Presidency)

Chiemelie Ezeobi (ThisDay)
Alkasim Abdulkadir (CNN)
Toyosi Ogunseye (The Punch)
Oluyinka Ezekiel Adeparusi (National Mirror)
Tomi Oladipo (BBC)

Adim Isiakpona (HP)
Seyi Ogunro (Banwo&Ighodalo)
Ngozi Nkwoji (Nigerian Breweries Plc)
Tomiwa Adesida (Sahara Group)
Kayode Jegede (General Manager, Head of Facilities Management, Deux Project)

Ahmed Mukoshy (Yarnable)
Olumide Adewunmi (Gidilounge)
Zubair Abubakar (Constitution App)
Seun Onigbinde (BudgIT)
Raheem Temitope Bello (GeoUtill)

Innovator of the Year (Education)
Tolulope Sangosanya (LOTS)
Gossy Ukanwoke (Beni Online University)
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Bookneto)
Adebayo Adegbembo(ASA)
Otto Orondaam (Slum2School)

Kola Oyeneyin (Venia Business Hub)
Titus and Tobias Igwe (Speedmeals Mobile Kitchen)
Aisha Maina (Aquarian Consult)
Ola Orekunrin (Flying Doctors Nigeria)
Ladi Delano (Bakrie Delano Africa)

AjoKunnuho John (Animal Husbandry)
Omoteso Sogo Ayodele (Piggery/Fishery/Poulty)
Tochukwu Ikpegbu (Jaeet Nigeria)
Olukayode Adeoye (Whails and Chase)
Fawolu Taiwo (Abivict Farms)

Entrepreneur of the Year
Communications and Media
Julie Odia (WOW!)
Uyi Omokaro (DM2)
Komolafe Adeshola (Media Insight)
Samuel Olatunji (Big Sam Media)
Funmilade Alalade (Elev8)

Davido (HKN)
Cecil Hammond (Flytime Productions)
Michael Ajereh (Mo’Hits/Mavin)
Cobams Asuquo (CAMP)
Clarence Peters (CAPital)

Ayodeji Adewunmi/OpeyemiAwoyemi/OlalekanOlude (Jobberman)
Jason Njoku (Iroko TV)
Eno Essien (Rheytrack)
Temi Kolawole (Antigravity)
Femi Alade (Pliris Mobile)

Oladotun Kayode (Cool FM)
Twitwi (Wazobia FM)
Nike Adewuyi (Splash FM)
Tolu “Toolz” Oniru (Beat FM)
Mazino (Smooth FM)

Dolapo Oni (Studio 53)
Denrele Edun (Channel O)
Uti Nwachukwu (Jara)
Illrymz (Nigerian Idol)
Maupe Ogun (Channels TV)

Musician of the Year
Ice Prince

Actor of the Year
Ini Edo
Tonto Dikeh
OC Ukeje
Ivie Okujaye
Gideon Okeke

Producer of the Year
DJ Klem
Legendary Beats
J. Sleek

Clarence Peters
Victor Sanchez Aghahowa
Onye Ubanatu
Ladi Odebunmi
Anietie James Ekins

Young Person of the Year
Bankole Wellington (Banky W)
Dapo Oyebanjo (D’banj)
Jason Njoku
Peter and Paul Okoye (Psquare)
Linda Ikeji
Chinwe Njoku
Idris Akinbanjo
Raheem Temitope Bello

The Future Awards 2012 is hosted by the Rivers State Government with support from Access Bank, Diamond Bank, Microsoft and Notore. Media partners include Channels TV, Silverbird TV, TVContinental, Wazobia FM, Nigeria Info, BellaNaija, 360Nobs, LindaIkejiBlog, Jobberman, Premium Times, NET, TW, Complete Fashion and FAB. Official Media partners are Africa Magic, Cool FM and Y!.

28 Comments on Countdown to the 2012 Future Awards: The Complete List of Shortlisted Nominees – D’banj, Ini Edo, Banky W, Toolz & Ugonna Omeruo Make the Cut
  • xty August 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Happy for a lot of youths who made the cut! Jason, Obi somto,davido,Ms Makor!! Kudos

  • Annie August 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Am i the only one who thinks toolz is overrated? all these noise abt her started due to her huge hips becos for her mind now she’s a celeb kai.

  • Nene August 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Why is Linda Ikeji still there? #Fail

  • ebi August 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Omg!! That is true, nene I was about saying beef then I remembered linda is 32.I tot the age was 30

  • Nneka Peters August 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    exactly Linda Ikeji ???? EPIC FAIL!!!!!

  • Biby August 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Woah…d ‘shortlist’ seems pretty interesting!kudos to chude and his team for dis inspiring platform and for d transparency too.

  • Pepperless August 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    what happened to Toke Makinwa’s name???…lol

  • sparkz August 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Good 1…..Toke Makinwa’s name ke! wat category wil she fall into na….moreover her life is an open book so no ojoro!

  • Temilola August 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Congratulations to all the shortlisted nominees! It’s not easy getting out there and doing something commendable in any established industry in Nigeria.
    Side note: Annie & Nina, I doubt Toolz would be recognized in this category again if all she had to offer was her hips, I’ve listened to both Toolz & Toke and they are both interesting and entertaining ladies. For your benefit, I hope that there’ll be some award that recognizes miserable people like you that just comment without sense on blogs as a way to escape their unaccomplished lives.
    Lastly, *raised eyebrow* at Linda Ikeji….I have a 13 year old daughter and I have stopped her going on certain Nigerian blogs/sites especially Linda’s & Ladun’s…. The hateful comments there are really excessive, and should be vetted carefully. Nevertheless Linda has managed to turn her blog into a lucrative business, so well done to her for that.
    Davido nominated in 2 categories?? Ok

    • Annie August 23, 2012 at 1:03 am

      And hope u’ve been recognized for doing PR for toolz nd stopping ur 13year old daughter or sister frm visitin certain blogs.Learn to respect pple’s opinion nd if u wama disgaree u do so normally.I hope u get an award for this essay u have here atleast u accomplished sumtn writing note on BN nonsense.

  • name August 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Irrespective of how popular a tabloid blog/er is I can never look up/appreciate the owner. I have been struggling to find at least a decent position to rate the future awards. But now seeing linda ikeji as a top nominee is just appalling. Now I know just how low to rate the future awards. smh

    • iLife August 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Linda Ikeji has as much right to be on the list as all those people there – all sentiments aside. Who are these nominees? What is the purpose of this awards show? Who is it inspiring? I mean you see people working with companies – for example HP, Banwo & What kind of yeye inspirational awards show is this. I agree with whoever said this is a popularity contest. #whatajoke

  • Bewi August 23, 2012 at 1:39 am

    That corporate category is one that makes it obvious that this is a popularity contest.Why on earth will the organizers expect the public to vote for individuals excelling at their various jobs? They are not living their daily work lives in front of the public neither have they influenced the public with their positions. Their co workers nominate them and then they expect the youths of Nigeria to vote?Based on what?How do we even vote when we cannot judge their work ethics and abilities? #justmyopinion

    • bukky August 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you very much, I though i was the only one who thought that category was absurd. It is like voting for the best father and mother in Nigeria, the only people that can attest to their parenting skills will be their children and those close to them. In this same vein, you cannot expect people to accurately vote for people they do not work with. This category lacks credibility and makes the award in it’s entirety a tad bit silly.I hope the organizers read this and dont get defensive but use it as a way to make this award more valid.

      • bukky August 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

        and oh, excellence in public service is another preposterous award category!

  • remi August 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Like most things youthful,this FUTURE award is a mess of misguided youthful energy. They have all the support and resources they can get and they waste it on rewarding their friends with no tangible talent besides being famous faces. In a world where the likes of Wana(just using her as an example) are not properly celebrated (because they lack ‘the look’,) you see the likes of Toke and Toolz being celebrated like they have done anything special besides their endowment,accent and colour of their skin. Like Eldee will say, this Future award na wash wasah!!
    I know this post will not see the light of the day,but my conscience is made clearer by writing it. God dey and he is watching us all in 3D.

    • Tosin August 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Participate, nominate…I think that will help.

  • iLife August 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Ok this is a joke. When these future Nigeria guys started, they seemed reasonable. They brought their #enoughisenough campaign and I bought it. I think they meant well but they seem to have lost their way. Chude and co , I hope you are reading this. This awards ceremeony business is RUBBISH. Excellence in Public Service? What is the criteria? For being given such a position at a young age or because they are making a difference in their organisations? Corporate category for what? People that have fancy job titles? Musician of the year abi na Entertainer? Aren’t the other awards ceremonies enough? Who is sponsoring this awards show? Elumelu is a keynote speaker – ehen so? If this is the so called Future of Nigeria I weep. Instead of making this government accountable and putting more impactful programmes in place, you are organising yet another awards show and trying to help some people massage their already inflated egos….I don’t even know where to start from. If you can’t see that this is a waste of space and time then truly the future of Nigeria will be its downfall.

    • remi August 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

      You’ll soon be termed a hater.
      Watch this space.

  • itsekiri’s finest August 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    but how did keke hammond’s name change to cecil hammond? bella naija please correct this error. they are both in entertainment. keke does theatre and cecil does concerts. cecil is also definitely way over the age limit.

  • gloria August 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Pls they should give my beautiful talented ini edo this year

  • gloria August 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I will vote for ini edo

  • SALSERA August 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Linda Ikeji is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy over 30, and if the age limit is thirty then whats going on
    And these categories are weird – wtheck is Corporate?

  • Kay August 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Big ups to our queen Ini edo

  • Presentation Skills August 26, 2012 at 5:51 am

    While The Future Awards is a welcome idea, I still have my reservations on the criteria for selection (=”Nigerian Factor”). One cannot help but wonder where, when, why and how the shortlist was drafted and by what panel of judges.

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  • actionboyactionboy August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    up up bank w you are d best 4rlly am ur fans 4 sokoto we are baddsboys eyeyeyeyyy

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